Coffee tables are also known as cocktail tables. Coffee tables are low laying tables, usually in a living room or parlor, and are used to serve coffee, tea, or cocktails from. Coffee tables have adorned family rooms for many centuries, and they are an accepted piece of traditional furniture. There are many beautiful styles of coffee tables on the market today. These range from reproductions from either French or Chinese cultures, to modern style coffee tables, and even the creative coffee tables, such as the glass top aquarium coffee tables- yes with live fish- available from specialty aquarium stores.
A very beautiful and original coffee table is the Japanese Hibachi Table. These tables served a very important role in Asian culture. They were used for the serving of tea, and became the central point of meeting for the family. There are some extremely gorgeous Hibachi Tables still on the market today.
Coffee tables have long served as the entertainment and dining area of a house. Usually when one entertains, or has friends or company over, it is commonplace to finish the evening by gathering in the living room, den, or parlor, and enjoying quaint conversation around the coffee table, usually with coffee, tea, cocktails, or dessert being served.
When choosing a coffee table, consider the theme of your other furniture. You should also choose a coffee table that has an "open communication" feel. Try to consider the coffee table as the hub of entertaining. You want to purchase a coffee table that is inviting to your guests, and has plenty of room for your guests, their beverages, and their desert dishes as well.
Finally, for those who enjoy entertaining in summer months, or for people who live in favorable climates year round, don't neglect to purchase an outdoor coffee table as well. Theses are perfect for entertaining evening guests while enjoying a beautiful summer night.
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